New projection system installed at Cernan Earth and Space Center

This summer, the Cernan Earth and Space Center at Triton College debuted a new and exciting projection system that fills the entire dome with vivid images, while also providing a new learning vehicle for Triton’s students.

Through Aug. 20, the community is welcome to see this new projection system in action with special viewings. On Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3 and 4 p.m., the public is invited to view the new full-dome show, called “SpacePark 360,” which takes audiences on a 38-minute ride through the solar system. The special summer cost is $3 per person for all ages.

The full-dome projection system, called the Super MediaGlobe II, projects to one enormous screen onto the dome, as compared to the previous trio of smaller screens. The new system will allow for faculty across multiple disciplines to creatively utilize the projection system in their academic curriculum.

Konica Minolta’s Super MediaGlobe II is the first single-lens digital planetarium to adopt a new standard in high-resolution projection. It projects at 4096 X 2400 pixels – four times more pixels than the best HDTV image and a native contrast of 10,000:1. The projection system also offers an advanced 3D astronomical simulation function that allows for stars to be shown in a 12.4 magnitude, data of 118,000 fixed stars, proper motion date of fixed stars at any time from 500,000 BC to 500,000 AD. The system’s powerful simulations take audiences through the solar system and beyond.

For more information about the Cernan Earth and Space Center, visit www.triton.edu/cernan or call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3372.

Be sure to check out the Cernan Earth and Space Center this fall with new shows coming your way!

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